Relocation of The George Institute China

Relocation of The George Institute China

On 13 November 2019, The George Institute China officially moved into the Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building, Liangmahe of Chaoyang District in Beijing. Many of our staff were there to witness this exciting moment together.

Established in 1999 in Australia, The George Institute for Global Health is a non-profit medical research institute whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. The Institute has grown to having four centers in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom, and built a global network of health and medical research professionals. The focus of the Institute is to conduct research on chronic diseases and injury, which are major causes of global death and disability, with research programs being undertaken in over 50 countries. Research outputs have included more than 7500 papers published in internationally renowned journals, which have had over 119,000 citations, to influence guidelines, management practices and health policies across the world. The George Institute for Global Health also plays a leading role in developing innovative medical devices and health management systems, with a focus on low resource settings where the burden of disease is large and systems of care are under-developed.

The relocation to the diplomatic office area is consistent with an attribute of The George Institute for Global Health being a non-profit organization, and it will provide a solid foundation for further growth and development.

On behalf of the global headquarters, Professor Stephen MacMahon AO, Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, congratulated staff on their successful relocation to the new office and expressed his gratitude for all their hard work and efforts. He said that The George Institute for Global Health continues to undertake important work in partnership with others in the areas of prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and injury.

Professor Craig Anderson, Executive Director of The George Institute China, said that since its establishment in China in 2007, The George Institute China has undertaken a series of research projects in cooperation with leading universities, medical institutions and professional associations and societies in China, and with valuable support of various government departments.

“We remain committed to translating our research achievements into practice, in order to bring about real impact and support changing health policies and health practices to improve the health of people in China and across the world.”

The research team of The George Institute China showed how local research can contribute to George's global health strategy from the perspective of three academic goals: Better Care, Healthier Society, and Better Treatment. Ted Tao, researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales, summarized four projects -- SMART Diabetes, ROADMAP, SAPPHIRE, and HiFit - dedicated to improving the quality of medical care; and highlighted the importance of academic research and multi-sectoral collaboration. Li Yuan, Head of Nutrition & Lifestyle Program outlined progress on the large national Action on Salt China (ASC) study that has undertaken collaborations with governments, communities and industries.  Finally, Dr. Lili Song, Head of Stroke and Senior, highlighted the large cluster clinical trial called "INTERACT 3" that is evaluating a care bundle to improve the management of acute intracerebral hemorrhage, the most severe form of stroke.

Richard Mills, Director of Global Communications and Advocacy elaborated on how the field of communications can help The George's research teams to enlarge their impact, as well as to achieve the overall strategic goals.

"The more that decision makers know about our research and how it can improve health of China's people, the more impact we can have."

Tim Regan, Chief Operating Officer highlighted the “integrity” and humanitarian commitments that have been maintained in The George as a part of its core values and corporate culture. 

"As we grow, it is important that our policies and governance/operations also grow to ensure the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity of our work.”

Erika Burmeister, Director of Global Human Resources, underlined the benefits of working at the institute that included four areas: great team with positive social impact; the flexibility and wellbeing; the opportunity of learning and development; and the philosophy of diversity, inclusion and belonging. She also introduced the new individualized career path programs for our staff.

“The George Institute is a diverse team of smart and engaged people around the world, focused on our mission to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.  The China team is no exception, where approximately 50 members of staff are making a positive impact to improve the health of populations around the world.”

After the keynote speech session, the leaders of the institute cut ribbons to celebrate the opening of the new office. As Craig concluded, this relocation is another key milestone in the history of the George Institute China: “I hope we will continue working together with sincerity and dedication, and remain true to our aspirations in the journey ahead.”